In February 2020 tragedy struck the fishing world. Two teen anglers and their boat captain were killed when their boat went through the lock gates of a dam during a high school fishing tournament. A lawsuit for 10 million dollars has been filed by one of the boy’s mothers in connection with this tragic event.
On February 22, 2020 Team members, fifteen-year-old Chandler Smith and fifteen-year-old Kenneth Driver II, along with 43-year-old boat operator Kenneth Driver were participating in the Obion County Central High School bass tournament on the Tennessee River. According to witnesses, the boat captain was having trouble getting the boat started and did not leave the dock with the rest of the field. It was believed that the team went home, but it was later discovered that they indeed went out to fish.
According to Wired to Fish, The preliminary TWRA investigation indicated that the Stratos bass boat containing 43-year-old Kenneth Driver (boat captain) and two 15-year-old boys went through the floodgates at Pickwick Dam and suffered serious damage. Authorities searched a 14 mile stretch of the river but did not recover the bodies until March 10th, 11th, and 12th.
Thunderbolt Radio reported that Lisa Johnson, the mother of Kenneth Driver II has filed a lawsuit for 10 million dollars in connection with her son’s death. The defendants in the lawsuit are the Obion County School District; Obion County Board of Education; Obion County Central High School fishing team; bass fishing coach William Thomas Simmons; and Beau Pemberton, as the administrator of the estate of Kenneth Driver Sr.